If you would like to learn more about Community-Based Learning, please read the following information...
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
Welcome to a new term. Please read the following information regarding the kinds of experiential models CBL is utilizing on our campus, as well as the types of projects students are completing. Remember as you read this information, the different models are addressing 21st Century Skills by fostering a “civic-mindset” among our students, as we work to build a new generation of informed, engaged, and compassionate citizens. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the CBL Office at 661-362-3231.  As always, thank you for your interest in CBL!
 
Definition:
Community-Based Learning (CBL) is a curriculum-based pedagogy which connects community work to classroom lectures, labs, and assignments. CBL is an educational philosophy and practice “grounded” in experiential learning advocated by John Dewey, which encourages critical thinking, social responsibility,
and civic engagement. It is also recognized by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a High Impact Practice (HIP) which results in greater rates of student success, retention, and completion. Students learn through the experience and reflection of “real world” situations. It also encourages students to reflect on how to create and advocate for social change. Depending on the “scope and depth” of how CBL is embedded into one’s class, the process is best thought of as a continuum striving for social change through action. Please see diagram below for a visual representation of this concept. 
 
 
 
  
Community-Based Learning Models
Which CBL Model Best Fits Your Course?
 Curricular Options:
1.  On-Site Participation (OSP)
·         Students, working alone or in groups, “serve” a minimum of ten (10) hours at one of over 50 Approved non-profit sites located in the Santa Clarita, Antelope or San Fernando Valleys. Hours are connected to a structured and meaningful course assignment. Projects vary with disciplines; however, students physically complete hours at the organizational site. Please note that each of these sites has established a Board approved agreement with the College. Students CANNOT receive On-Site Participation credit for hours performed at Non-Approved sites. Students are required to complete the CBL Orientation and Registration processes, as well as the Workers’ Compensation and CBL Placement forms. In addition, students are asked to maintain an Activity and Time Sheet and write a Student Reflection Essay (e.g., 1000 words). Upon completion of course requirements, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement. In addition, they can apply CBL hours to their Student Development Activity Transcript.  
 
Student Check List to Assist Faculty
Based on a 15-week semester. Contact CBL Office for Short-Term Session deadlines. The following steps will require students to enroll in the Community-Based Learning Canvas course. Each step of the process is explained and the forms needed will be available for download through the canvas course.
 
 
_____ Orientation (Complete in canvas by 3rd week.)
_____ Registration (Complete online registration form in canvas by 3rd week.)
_____ Workers’ Compensation (Complete Workers’ Compensation form by 3rd week.)
_____ CBL Placement (Complete form by 6th week.)
_____ Activity and Time Sheet (Complete Activity and Time Sheet form by 15th week.)
_____ Student Reflection Essay Submission (Complete Student Reflection Essay Submission online by 15th week.
_____ Required Hours (Complete hour requirement by 15th week.)
_____ Student Development Activity Transcript (Complete online submission process through the Office of Student Development. Please see   http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/StudentDevelopment/Pages/Student-Development-Transcript-Program.aspx for specific deadline dates.)
 
 
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2.  Project/Problem-Based Learning Project/Problem-Based Learning  (PBL)
·         Students spend a minimum of ten (10) hours examining a local social issue by engaging in research and data collection, whether through qualitative or quantitative methodologies. (Please note that faculty can incorporate up to three (3) in-class hours into this total, since students may use class time to work on projects, etc.) Students, working alone or in groups, “investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge” with a focus on community and culture. Hours are connected to a structured and meaningful course assignment. Project/Problem-Based Learning involves seven key points (see below), ranging from providing students with a “challenging question” to “recognizing their work publically.” For a list of these points, please see What is Project-Based Learning (PBL)? Research topics are endless, as are personal interests. The diagram below provides a visual illustration of PBL: 


 
 
 
 
Students can participate, for example, in library or archival research combined with interviews, oral histories, content analyses, etc. They have the ability to collect information from around the community, as well as to take advantage of gathering information from community organizations. Overall, the goal of Project/Problem-Based Learning is to analyze materials and reflect upon ways to address the social issue through a formal outcome (e.g., paper, oral presentation, performance, art work, etc.) which is reported to the class and/or community. Ideally, students can also use their local findings to examine the national or global aspects of the topic, which allows for a broader understanding of the issue.
 
·         In most cases, students will collect information from a host of community sites, most of which do not maintain a formal contractual agreement with COC. Because students sometimes become involved in the work of an organization they are researching, they often provide service hours by engaging in on-site activities or encouraging humanitarian support (e.g., collecting goods, directing financial contributions, etc.). Although this work is welcomed, they are not covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Hence, students participating in Project/Problem-Based Learning are asked to complete a CBL Student Waiver Form.
 
·         Students are required to complete the CBL Orientation and Registration processes, as well as to submit a Project/Problem-Based Student Waiver and Research Topic form. They must also maintain an Activity and Time Sheet and write a Student Reflection Essay. Upon completion of course requirements, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement. In addition, they can apply hours to their Student Development Activity Transcript. Please note that when PBL is administered over Winter or Short-Term Sessions, hour requirements may be less than ten (10) and is left to the discretion of the instructor.
 
Student Check List to Assist Faculty
Based on a 15-week semester. Contact CBL Office for Short-Term Session deadlines. The following steps will require students to enroll in the Community-Based Learning Canvas course. Each step of the process is explained and the forms needed will be available for download through the canvas course.
 
_____ Orientation (Complete in canvas course by 3rd week.)
_____ Registration (Complete online Registration form in canvas by 3rd week.)
_____ Project/Problem-Based Student Waiver (Complete by 3rd week.)
_____ Project/Problem-Based Research Topic (Complete by 6th week.)
_____ Activity and Time Sheet (Complete Activity and Time Sheet form by 15th week.)
_____ Student Reflection Essay Submission (Complete Student Reflection Essay Submission online by 15th week. _____ Required Hours (Complete required service hours by 15th week.)
_____ Student Development Activity Transcript (Complete online submission process through the Office of Student Development. Please see   http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/StudentDevelopment/Pages/Student-Development-Transcript-Program.aspx for specific deadline dates.)
 
 
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Curricular (Extra-Credit) and Co-Curricular (Club Members) Option:
 
3.  Community Volunteer (CV)Community Volunteer (CV)
·         Promotes the use of service hours independent of classroom lectures or assignments. This focus is designed to assist approved community partners with service-related events, which may run one or more days. This choice is often more appropriate for faculty who want to offer students extra-credit opportunities. Student participation as a Community Volunteer at Approved non-profit sites, especially with regard to one- or multiple-day events, is very much encouraged as an extra-credit option. In addition, it provides a way for student clubs to engage members in CBL.
 
·         Students are required to complete the CBL Registration and Workers’ Compensation forms and to maintain an Activity and Time Sheet, as well as to write a short self-reflective essay (e.g., 250 words). Service hours can post to their Student Development Activity Transcript. A minimum hour requirement is not required.
 
Student Check List to Assist Faculty
Based on a 15-week semester. Contact CBL Office for Short-Term Session deadlines. The following steps will require students to enroll in the Community-Based Learning Canvas course. Each step of the process is explained and the forms needed will be available for download through the canvas course.
 
 
_____ Orientation (Complete in canvas course before event.)
_____ Registration (Register online before the event.)
_____ Workers’ Compensation (Complete before the event.)
_____ Activity and Time Sheet (Complete and submit to CBL office no later than 15th week.)
_____ Required Hours (Complete service hours by 15th week.)
_____ Student Reflection Essay (Complete hard copy of Student Reflection Essay and submit to CBL Office by 15th week.
_____ Student Development Activity Transcript (Complete online submission process through the Office of Student Development. Please see   http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/StudentDevelopment/Pages/Student-Development-Transcript-Program.aspx for specific deadline dates.)
 
CBL hosts training for faculty, please contact us to learn more about training times and dates.
If you have questions please contact CBL at 661.362-3231 or email Kim.Arredondo@canyons.edu.